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Job Title:Supervisory Contract Specialist - SV-1102-K

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Transportation Security Administration

Job Announcement Number:HQ-ACQ-12-535399

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$105,973.00 to $164,265.00 / Per Year


Friday, September 28, 2012 to Tuesday, October 16, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location:
Arlington, VA, USView Map


Open to all U.S. Citizens.

Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 24.22%.

This position is located in Arlington, VA.


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.                     

Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life.  In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please:
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  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • You must meet education and training requirements for this position.
  • You may be required to complete a one year Supervisory Probation Period.
  • Disclosure of your financial information is required.


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This Supervisory Contract Specialist position is located in the Office of Acquisition (OA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  If selected for this position, you will serve as a Branch Chief within the Office of Acquisition.  You will apply your expert knowledge and mastery of advanced contracting principles, concepts, regulations, and practices, analytical methods and techniques, and serve as the TSA agency lead, subject matter expert and principal point of contact in your assigned program area.  Typical assignments will include:

  • Implementing the potential impact of changes to contracting laws, standards, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Approving technical procurement requirements and translating complex requirements based upon customer requirements and implementing the most appropriate method of acquisition.
  • Managing protests in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and agency requirements; acting to resolve the complaint or concern in an appropriate manner.
  • Evaluating multiple pieces of complex information contained in competitive proposals to draw conclusions regarding the best options.
  • Determining and approving a complex negotiation strategy and plan that will permit negotiators to maximize the government's ability to obtain the best value.
  • Approving pre-negotiation positions and determining complex pre-negotiation positions on price and cost factors and on other terms and conditions.
  • Approving cost analysis, price analysis, or cost reasonableness analysis and negotiation objectives based upon audit findings.
  • Managing the execution of contracts and supporting documentation (e.g., justifications and authorizations, determinations and findings, protests and disputes, etc.) to ensure compliance with relevant policies, procedures, and regulations. 
  • Developing strategic vendor relationships.
  • Guiding program leadership to monitor and manage contracts.
  • Approving and managing improvement to contracting functions (e.g., contractual modifications, processes for negotiation changes in contracts, exercise of options, investigation and resolution of contractor delays in performance, overall contract performance appraisals, subcontractor surveillance and procurement actions).
  • Keeping up-to-date on technological developments relevant to work.

Supervisory duties include coordinating and managing projects; assigning tasks and setting priorities; monitoring and evaluating performance; coaching and developing employees; managing budget and assigned resources; and taking or recommending corrective/disciplinary actions as appropriate.


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Requirements for the K Pay Band: A. Completion of all mandatory training (listed below) prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-15 equivalent or K Band or higher level contracting positions. At least one year of that experience must have been specialized experience equivalent to at least the SV-J Pay Band or GS-14 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector that includes planning, directing, coordinating, and managing complex contracting and procurement initiatives; evaluating broad contracting policies, procedures, and processes for compliance with Federal contracting and procurement laws, rules, and regulations; and monitoring overall strategic policy and program effectiveness of agency-wide contracting activities.



B. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.


DOCUMENTATION: You must submit copies of your transcript(s) from an accredited college or university (for each school attended). You must also provide transcripts or certificates of the other training required for this position. Failure to do so will remove you from consideration.


TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the education and experience requirements listed above, you must complete all Level I, II, and III training prescribed by the Department for progression to Pay Band K.  DHS training requirements are further defined in DHS, OCPO Policy on Profession (GS-1102) Career Information and the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Program.  This information may be found at the Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Workforce website:


You must meet the following Department of Homeland Security training requirements:


Level I

  • Defense Acquisition University: CON 110 Mission Support Planning (or equivalent)
  • Defense Acquisition University: CON 111 Mission Strategy Execution (or equivalent)
  • Defense Acquisition University: CON 112 Mission Performance Assessment (or equivalent)
  • Defense Acquisition University: CON 120 Mission-Focused Contracting (or equivalent)
  • Targeted Elective - 16 hours *

Level II

  • Defense Acquisition University: CON 214 - Business Decisions for Contracting (or equivalent)
  • Defense Acquisition University: CON 215 - Intermediate Contracting for Mission Support (or equivalent)
  • Defense Acquisition University: CON 216 - Legal Considerations in Contracting (or equivalent)
  • Defense Acquisition University: CON 217 - Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques (or equivalent)
  • Defense Acquisition University: CON 218 - Advanced Contracting for Mission Support (or equivalent)
  • 2 Targeted Electives - 16 hours each (For transfers, CON PRC should be completed as continuous learning.) *

Level III

  • Defense Acquisition University: CON 353 - Advanced Contracting for Mission Support (or equivalent)
  • 2 Targeted Electives - 16 hours each (For transfers, CON PRC should be completed as continuous learning.) *

*Note:  Experience or on-the-job training may not be used to satisfy requirements for a training elective.


The Department may obtain an Individual Training Waiver for an individual who does not meet the DHS training requirements so that applicants who do meet the above education and specialized experience requirements, but do not meet the above listed DHS training requirements, are encouraged to apply.


Substitution of Courses: Only courses offered by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) or by a recognized equivalent provider may be used to meet the training requirements. Information on DAU equivalent providers may be found at


Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.


NOTE:  Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek.  Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience.  No additional credit is given for overtime.  

You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation.  You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position.  We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

When completing the assessment questionnaire for this position, you will be prompted to elect if you wish for your application to be considered as External (where Veterans' Preference applies), as Status (current or former Federal Employees), and/or Internal to TSA as a current permanent or competitive temporary employee.  At that time, please select the answer(s) that apply to you and your application to this position.
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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select "benefits."


SUPERVISORY/MANAGERIAL PROBATIONARY PERIOD REQUIREMENTS: Unless previously completed, you must satisfactorily complete a one-year supervisory probationary period to continue in this supervisory/managerial position.


Conditions of Employment:

  • You must have the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a contracting warrant.

Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies.  Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at:

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.  

TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized. Qualified non-competitive eligible candidates may be referred for consideration on a separate, unranked list. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.


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Please Note: All of the following must be received in our office by 11:59 PM EST (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date of this announcement. This includes both online and mailed application materials. If we do not receive all required information by the closing date, your application may not be considered.

Your application must include:

1. Resume
2. Self Assessment Questionnaire for this position
3. Applicable supporting documents (see Required Documents Section)

Click the "Apply Online" button below and follow the prompts to apply.  If you are unable to access the automated application system, we may need to reset your password.  Please call the TSA HR Access Help Desk at 1-877-872-7990 between the hours of: 7:00AM - 8:00PM ET Monday - Friday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM ET Saturday, or 11:00AM - 4:00PM ET Sunday.  

If you are unable to apply online, please call the Help Desk at the number listed above for a printed Employment Packet which will be sent to you for completion and return to this office.


In addition to a resume and the assessment questions, you must submit copies of any of the following documents if you are applying based on current or former Federal Government Status (if you are not a current TSA employee), Veterans' Preference, or education or a combination of education and experience:

SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action - Current TSA employees are not required to submit an SF-50 to support eligibility for internal/status consideration.

If you are not a current TSA employee: you must submit your most recent personnel action SF-50
(or equivalent document) to support your eligibility for Status consideration.  If you elect Status for the consideration of your application without submitting an SF-50 demonstrating your current or previous permanent Federal employment status, and you are not a current TSA employee, your application may not receive Status consideration.

DD-214 - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other appropriate documentation to prove your entitlement and to provide verification of an Honorable Discharge. Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application not receiving 5-point preference.

SF-15 and VA Letter - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 or other proof of entitlement; an SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later. Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application not receiving 10-point preference.

Transcripts - If you wish to qualify for this position based on your education, submit copies of your transcript(s) from accredited colleges or universities for each school attended.


HR Help Desk
Phone: 877-872-7990
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 877-872-7992
Agency Information:
DHS/Transportation Security Administration
Shared Service Center
2650 Park Tower Drive
Suite 201
Merrifield, VA
Fax: 571-258-4052


The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We will notify you of the outcome of these steps when they have been completed. You may also check your application status by visiting the Candidate Dashboard.

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